Manager Stevie Aitken was on holiday when he was told by Dumbarton officials the club had cut its youth system.

The Sons boss received a phone call while in America informing him of the club’s decision to scrap its academy, after previously believing the Sons would have at least two teams for next season.

Aitken is keen to hold talks with the board to look at how the club moves forward in the future.

He said: “It’s disappointing it happened and it’s disappointing as I didn’t know anything about it.

“I was made aware of it from a phone call to Florida to say that it was finished.

“We had discussions with how many teams we were going to go with, and they were looking at maybe going with two teams, which financially was right and that was the last I’d heard about it till I was in Florida to say they’d done away with it.

“I didn’t know anything about it, it’s disappointing and I don’t know what the futures going to hold for it.

“It’s something we’re going to have to look at as a club for young people around the area and it’s something we’ll need to sit down with the club and discuss.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of it, it was the club who made the decision so once we’ve spoken on that and find out and see where we go from that, but it’s something the club will have to look at in the coming years.”

Previously Aitken was keen to have a first team and a reserve team in place, with the under-20s mixing in with several first team players to form the reserve team, which may come into place in 2018/19 season, Aitken added: “I do think that they will bring back reserve team football back, and the likelihood is all teams will have reserve teams, we’ll have to look at it as a club.

“My intention was for the under-20s, the younger team to be the reserve team, it won’t be likely this season it’ll probably happen next season.”